Archive for March, 2008

Cut off disk mandrel finished

Cut off disk mandrel finished

My first mini project on the lathe is complete. The external 2mm thread took three attempts, the first screw cutting did not work at all. The second was good but too long and when I tried to shorten the screw

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Furnace kit

Furnace kit

Given the price of Aluminium in large pieces and the problems with shipping I decided to build a cheap “flowerpot” / “coffeecan” furnace from scrap and cheap materials to do some simple casting which could then be machined. Everyone on

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M2 Taps and Dies

M2 Taps and Dies

As mentioned in a previous blog about the arrival of the mini-lathe, my first project is a cutoff disk mandrel for a dremel like drill. For this I needed an M2 tap and die set which arrived in the post

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Thermalite

Thermalite

Not to be mistaken for thermite which is not a suitable building material!! I was curious to know about these blocks as they are a easy to get hold of in the UK, they are made from recycled material, are

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Veteran Shed Builder

Veteran Shed Builder

Not to be out done by Rex my friend Alan has put up another shed, this one is bigger and better than his first and hopefully he did not make the same mistakes as Rex did…Q: Is this your first

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Lathe Arrival and Testing

Lathe Arrival and Testing

The new/old lathe arrived yesterday and I did a test run of it today to find it’s quirks and nuances. I faced off and turned down a piece of scrap metal recovered from an old rotary washing line and got

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Book Review – Tool and Cutter Sharpening

Book Review - Tool and Cutter Sharpening

The Tool and Cutter Sharpening book, pretty much covers how to sharpen everything that you might have in your workshop, the only exception I’ve found so far is that the chapter on drills does not mention masonry bits. The book

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Stirling Engine Used to Cool PC

Stirling Engine Used to Cool PC

Most model engineers will have heard about Stirling Engines, some may have even built a few. However one of the engineers at MSI had good idea of putting a Stirling Engine inside their computer to cool the processor. There’s no

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